Customize the Excel Chart Elements Background


You can add visual interest to a chart element by customizing the element’s background, or what Excel calls the fill. Most fills consist of a single color, but you can also apply a color gradient, a texture, or even a picture. However, you should be careful about the background you choose for certain chart elements.

Since some chart elements, particularly the chart area, plot area, value axis, and category axis, display data, be sure to choose a background that does not make that data difficult to read.